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Roman Baca | Artist Council

Roman Baca is a classical ballet dancer who served in Fallujah, Iraq as a United States Marine. He graduated Cum Laude from St. Mary’s College of California where he majored in Performing Arts, is a Master’s of Fine Arts Candidate in Choreography at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, and is a Master’s Candidate at Columbia University in Nonprofit Management. In 2007, he co-founded Exit12 Dance Company to tell veteran’s stories, choreographically, to heal the world. His work has been presented recently at the National Summit for Art and Health in the Military, the Mayo Clinic’s Humanities in Healthcare Symposium, and at Lincoln Center’s Veteran Home Show. He has also connected military veterans, victims of war, and civilians through innovative choreographic workshops.

Mr. Baca previously served as Artistic Director and General Manager of Ballet Theatre Company in Connecticut where he advanced audience development, grant writing initiatives, funding, repertory expansion, community outreach, engagement of guest teachers and choreographers, and development of presenting partners.

As a Fulbright-Trinity Laban Award postgraduate student he is pursuing an MFA in Choreography at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire. While at Trinity Laban he is choreographing a work to Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps, collaborating with dancers, musicians, artists, and military veterans. He is also researching and volunteering with charitable organizations in London that are connecting military veterans and the performing arts.

Mr. Baca is the recipient of a 2017 Fulbright Scholar Award to the UK and is a 2017 Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 2015 Mr. Baca was inducted into the New York State Veterans Hall of Fame. Mr. Baca is also a 2015 Veterans in Global Leadership Fellow, a NYC Service Platoon Member with The Mission Continues, a Leadership Fellow with Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, a 2014 Art and Healing Network Awardee, a recipient of a 2012 Fellowship from The Mission Continues, a 2009 producing and presenting grant from AjkunBT, a 2010 Access DanceUSA Scholarship from DanceNYC through support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Brian Tippen Memorial Scholarship and the Connecticut Wartime Veterans Medal.